Digital Citizenship - Top Resources 2019


Our lives are more and more interwoven with all things digital. These include apps, tools, sites, online resources and their seemingly endless capabilities. Indeed - How many apps, tools and links do we use to do something simple like go out to a restaurant for dinner?

As our lives are led to a great degree online, we are daily tasked with thinking about how our online actions and the actions of others impact us. In the early days of the web, it seems as though there was a big focus on online safety. Safety online is VERY important. We need to assure that there are safe measures employed and advocated by all.

Acting with mutual respect and responsibility in online interactions is called by many - digital citizenship. As technology evolves and reinvents itself daily, these issues are ever changing too.

Digital Citizenship Issues

  • How to comment appropriately

  • How to license your work and cite the work of others

  • How to keep private information private

  • How to speak to a global audience

  • What are the rules for using particular social networks? How can I make sure I comply?

  • What makes up a positive online reputation?

When our children are small, there are daily reminders they may hear. 'Be careful, don’t cross the street without an adult, don’t talk to strangers’.

Are today's youth getting the right information about online safety and responsible online behavior? There are many resources available to educators and families for teaching online safety and digital citizenship?  Below I am sharing my updated list of Digital Citizenship Resources. Which are your favorites? What would you add?

When schools and families take the time to share good digital citizenship practice, it is of benefit to us as individuals, to our young people and to our global family

15 Digital Citizenship Resources For School Leaders, Teacher Leaders and Families


These sites have resources for teaching Digital Citizenship in the classroom

  1. Google Interactive Lessons

  2. Google’s Family Safety Center

  3. Common Sense Media

  4. Be Cyber Wise

  5. Digital Citizenship Site

  6. Yahoo Safely

  7. Cable in the Classroom

  8. FOSI Family Online Safety Institute

Blogs and Programs

  1. Neumann University Center for Leadership - Program Archives - December 13, 2016 - Cyber Safety

  2. Anne Collier – Net Family News

  3. Danah Boyd

  4. Innovative Educator Blog

Research To Know About

This research is related to the topic and can provide insights

  1. Pew Internet and American Life Project

  2. Zero to Eight -Children’s Mobile Technology Use in America by Common Sense Media

  3. Youth Safety on a Living Internet StudyStudy

Related Posts
Online Safety Bridge Between Home and School –  TechConnects
Getting Started with Digital Citizenship – TechConnects

TPACK - Instructional Design Model

As technology capabilities grow daily in leaps and bounds, it can be an interesting and creative challenge to create learning opportunities suited to today’s learner and our these new capabilities.

One method of incorporating technology into classroom learning is to apply the TPACK model. First introduced in 2007 by Punya Mishra, it blends the use of technology, content and pedagogy by finding the ways in which they connect, intersect and can then support learning.

What is TPACK? Learn more

Use in the Classroom In Practice

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Exploring Digital Citizenship Resources 2018

A topic of great importance is Digital Citizenship and Online Safety. This topic has been one close to my heart since I first got involved in Technology and Education. 

I truly love to hear about innovation and digital technology. Yes - each and every day we learn about new developments. These have a ripple effect. With each new development comes new opportunities. While this is wonderful in and of itself, can be a double edged sword. In fact, each new development can of course bring challenges too. 

In this post, I will explore some of the resources available through Common Sense Media. If you haven't taken a look, please do! The Digital Citizenship resources are amazingly abundant. They cover important topics such as online safety, cyberbullying and much more in a variety of formats and at all age levels K through 12. 


Unit Assessments - These are grade appropriate questions on online safety topics. The students can do the assessment individually or as a large class. They enter their name and it will generate a certificate with the student's name on it. There is a handy Educator Guide and answer key teachers can download.